Here are Apple's Diverse (and Jaundiced) Emoji

By Adam Clark Estes on at

Apple just pushed the latest OS X update seed to developers and hiding inside is a nice surprise: a brand new roster of racially diverse emoji. Finally!

It's been a long time coming. People have been crowing for years about the lack of racial diversity in Apple's emoji selection. However, Apple's consistently passed the buck to the Unicode Consortium, the group technically responsible for emoji standardisation. Late last year, the tiny council of type arbiters finally conceded and said it would create a whole batch of new emoji with a much wider range of skin tones.

Here Are Apple's Diverse (And Racist? Jaundiced?) Emoji

That's a few of Apple's renditions above. Basically, when you select any emoji that contains people, you're offered a drop-down menu of skin tones — and hair colours — to go along with it. The option to change skin tone is curiously only available to individual human emoji, not for those depicting couples or groups.

Here Are Apple's Diverse (And Racist? Jaundiced?) Emoji

Obviously, there are more than six combinations of hair and skin colour among the many billions of humans on Earth. But hey, these new emoji are certainly a step in the right direction.

Here Are Apple's Diverse (And Racist? Jaundiced?) Emoji

That yellow though. Is that "Asian" or "jaundice"? Maybe it's supposed to be like, a smiley-face skin tone? Who knows.

Here Are Apple's Diverse (And Racist? Jaundiced?) Emoji

What do you think? Did Apple and the font folks at Unicode do a good job with racial diversity in emoji?

Here Are Apple's Diverse (And Racist? Jaundiced?) Emoji